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    Default Quick Eyepiece Opinion



    I’m shopping with my wife and daughter and getting bored.

    If you had a choice of a Wide field eyepiece below for a 130mm f5 reflector what would you recommend ?

    Agena starguider ED 25 mm
    Celestron X-cel 25 mm
    Explore Scientific 25 or 32 mm 62 series (on sale).

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    Default Re: Quick Eyepiece Opinion

    Easy choice for me. The ES 62s. Both of the others are good EPs. The ES are excellent.
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    Default Re: Quick Eyepiece Opinion

    Es 62.
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    Default Re: Quick Eyepiece Opinion

    Thanks Oz and Frankie,

    That is kinda what I figured, but I wanted the nod from those with much more experience than I.
    Thanks for your quick and helpful opinions.

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    Default Re: Quick Eyepiece Opinion

    ES 62's don't work so good in f/5 scopes. A lot of the outer edge is out of focus.
    The celestrons are really good for their price, out perform most $100 eyepieces,
    especially the 5&7mm on planets.
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    Default Re: Quick Eyepiece Opinion

    I don't think you can go wrong with either. I have a slight preference of X-Cel LX over Agena starguider. X-Cel LX has a bit better light scatter control and I like the eyeguard design better. Did not have a chance to test ES 62 line yet, but two other lines I own (ES 68 and 82) are great performers.
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    Default Re: Quick Eyepiece Opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by Juno16 View Post

    Agena starguider ED 25 mm
    A good budget eyepiece, but I found using these in at F6.3 they performed really badly I can only imagine what they would be like at F5
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomjones View Post
    ES 62's don't work so good in f/5 scopes. A lot of the outer edge is out of focus.
    The celestrons are really good for their price, out perform most $100 eyepieces,
    especially the 5&7mm on planets.
    My ES 62º 9mm works wonderfully in my two f/5 scopes.

    I've not tried other focal lengths in the series.
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    Default Re: Quick Eyepiece Opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    My ES 62º 9mm works wonderfully in my two f/5 scopes.

    I've not tried other focal lengths in the series.
    The bad performance that tomjones and MG1692 and the good performance you note can be reconciled. The basis for reconciliation is the difference in curvature of field characteristics between MG1692 (SCT with reducer), tomjones (scope type not specified), and your use (refractors only? The Dob?).

    People forget that the f/5 isn't enough to determine suitability. Refractors, reflectors and catadioptric have different curvature of field characteristics.

    Juno16 has an f5 Newtonian and should only hear advice based on f5 Newtonian experience. It's not just the eyepiece and f/ it's the optical system as a whole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    The bad performance that tomjones and MG1692 and the good performance you note can be reconciled. The basis for reconciliation is the difference in curvature of field characteristics between MG1692 (SCT with reducer), tomjones (scope type not specified), and your use (refractors only? The Dob?).
    I wasn't referencing the same eyepiece as Bryan. I was talking about the Agena
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